Year 8 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Please note: There will be changes to this scheme for 2015-2016. Watch this space!

When?
Spring Term One -
The exact date of the assessment is dependent on the individual student’s timetable; however, this will be circa the week commencing Monday 9th February 2015.

What is the assessment task?
Students write ‘Chapter 239′ – ‘Imagine you are Christopher 10 years on.’

How will the task be assessed?
Assessment Foci: Writing AF1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.  Please click on the below for details of each assessment focus.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT

What students can do to prepare:
Master key spellings and their meanings: Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Language, Identity, Structure, Metaphor, Prediction, Foreshadow, Investigate, Logical, Monologue, Analyse, Analysis, Evaluate, Summarise, Character, Relationship and Theme.

Practise using semi-colons and colons in your writing: Many of us think that we can use punctuation, but we do not always use the full range in our writing to help shape meaning.  Consider how the punctuation in these examples slightly changes their meaning:

Scott hid in the shed. England lost the match.
(The two sentences are separated by a full stop and are not necessarily connected)
Scott hid in the shed; England lost the match.
(The sentences are separated by a semi-colon, which indicates that they have some connection – maybe they happened at the same time)
Scott hid in the shed: England lost the match.
(The sentences are separated by a colon; this indicates that whatever comes after the colon has happened BECAUSE of what has come before the colon.  Scott was obviously an England supporter.  Poor Scott)


Read other novels which have an ‘unusual’ narrator: For example, ‘Stone Cold’ by Robert Swindells or ’Heaven Eyes’ by David Almond.  You might also like to seek out some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work on Sherlock Holmes – will you love them as much as Christopher?

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